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Career development events:

"Workshop on the Academic Interview" on Oct 01, 2013. Panelists Prof. Emily Blanchard (Business Administration), Prof. Ryan Calsbeek (Biological Sciences), Prof. Jay Dunlap (Genetics and Biochemistry) and Prof. Mary Hudson (Physics and Astronomy) answered questions and gave advice on how to prepare, what to expect and what you should (or should not) do in order to get a faculty position.

"Workshop on Negotiating a Faculty Position" on April 17, 2013. Panelists Prof. Elizabeth Smith (Biological Sciences), Prof. Casey Greene (Genetics) and Prof. Robert Cramer (Micro&Immuno) answered general questions on what to expect and what can (or should not) be negotiated during the academic negotiation process.

"Workshop on Developing and Maintaining Records of Research Performance + Interview Skills" on Feb 22, 2013. Knowing how to effectively market yourself is an essential skill for success, whether it is to prospective employers or for fellowship or grant applications. This workshop with Prof. Jennifer Loros (Department of Genetics) covered two related topics: 1) Tactics on making a great impression during a job interview 2) The importance of creating and maintaining effective records (such as CV) of your research/academic performance.

"School Science Cafe Info/Training Session" on Oct 31, 2012. School Science Cafes are outreach opportunities for grad students and postdocs working in the "STEM" fields of science, technology, engineering and math to visit a group of middle school students to share their experiences and career path. School cafes are designed to be highly interactive and conversational, and the goal is to engage students in talking about science and in considering STEM careers. This session covered the goals and expectations for School Cafes, provided tips on interacting with middle school students, and included some activities to help you explore your skills in communicating with a young audience about your work.

"Workshop on Entrepreneurship" on Oct 25, 2012. Jake Reder, Ph.D. (Director of New Ventures here at Geisel, and CEO of Celdara Medical, LLC) provided information on how (and why!) to commercialize research findings, how the patent system works, how to find a lawyer, how to start your own company, etc. and answered relevant questions on these topics.

"Academic Job Search and Interview Workshop" on Sep 26, 2012. Panelists Prof. Yolanda Sanchez (Pharmacology & Toxicology), Prof. Brian Pogue (Thayer School of Engineering) and Prof. Bradley Duchaine (Psychological and Brain Sciences) answered questions and gave advice on how to search and apply for a job, what to expect, what you should and should not do, and how to best prepare for the interview.

"Biochemistry Postdoc Seminar Series 2012/2013" Presenting your work in this informal and congenial setting is a low stress way to synthesize your ideas and get friendly feedback from your peers. It is rewarding, and it is also a nice way to network with other Dartmouth Postdocs. These Seminar Series take place every year. Please notify new Postdocs in your lab who might not be on the mailing list and encourage them to attend.

"Writing Mentored NIH Career (K awards) for early stage investigators" on July 24, 2012. NIH Career Development Awards (K awards) are among the most successful NIH programs and have helped launched the careers of many young investigators. The NIH-wide success rates for K awards are good, yet investigators often don't understand which award is right for them and what's expected of them to secure an award. In this 4-hour seminar, information was given by Dr. Jack Hoopes (served on various NIH Peer Review Panels for K awards) about NIH Mentored K Awards, details of award types, content, and strategies for writing a highly competitive application. This seminar provided invaluable advise for early-stage or new investigators interested in a research career. This seminar was presented by Dr. Christopher Dant at the NCCC and SYNERGY/TDI.

"PhD Consulting Panel" on June 26, 2012. The Graduate Consulting Club set up a panel of consulting professionals with PhD background. Participants learnt more about: How consulting experience enhances your career path; What a PhD consultant does; How to get into consulting as a PhD graduate. Format was a ten-minute intro to the GCC followed by a fifty-minute panel discussion.

"Workshop: Managing Lab Personnel" on May 30, 2012. Learn more about how to manage laboratory personnel. Do you wonder how to pick and choose the members of a lab that you will be running in an academic
or industrial setting? Do you wish to have some insight into how to push the members of your team to be the most productive that they could be while at the same time
promoting a fun working environment? DCPDA sponsored a workshop on managing lab personnel, with these distinguished panelists: Duane Compton (Dept. of Biochemistry), Leslie Henderson (Depts. of Physiology& Neurobiology and of Biochemisty) and Bryan Luikart (Dept. of Physiology& Neurobiology) who talked about their past experiences relating to the management of lab personnel.

"Workshop: Landing Your Academic Dream Job" on Apr 3, 2012. Lola Thompson, a current math PhD student went on over 30 academic job interviews!
 Her hard work paid off and she was offered both her "dream" tenure-track job at
Oberlin College and her "dream" research postdoc (an NSF VIGRE postdoc at the
University of Georgia). She offered her perspective on both types
 of searches. Joining her was Jennifer Taylor, a PhD chemistry student, 
who through networking obtained the job she wanted with one interview. She will 
be working as an IRTA research fellow at the NIH, in the protein-DNA crystallography
lab of Fred Dyda.

"Workshop: Negotiating a Faculty position" on Mar 8, 2012. Are you or will you be looking for a faculty position, and want to discuss some tips with professors on the negotiation process? Panelists (Dr. Karl Griswold (Thayer), Dr. Anne Clark (Pyschological and Brain Sciences), and Dr. Bill Wickner (Biochemistry)) to discussed these topics, answered questions and shared their experiences as both the interviewers and interviewees.

"Biochemistry Postdoc Seminar Series 2011/2012" Presenting your work in this informal and congenial setting is a low stress way to synthesize your ideas and get friendly feedback from your peers. It is rewarding, and it is also a nice way to network with other Dartmouth Postdocs. These Seminar Series take place every year. Please notify new Postdocs in your lab who might not be on the mailing list and encourage them to attend.

"Workshop: Preparing for an academic interview" on Feb 9, 2012. Are you planning to apply for a faculty position in academia? The Dartmouth College Postdoctoral Association (DCPDA) sponsored this workshop on how to prepare for the academic interview. Our panelists Prof. Patricia A. Ernst (Genetics), Prof. Charles K. Barlowe (Biochemistry) and Prof. Dean E. Wilcox (Chemistry) answered questions and gave you advice on what to expect, what you should and should not do, and how to best prepare for the academic interview process.

"Workshop: Mock Grant Panel" on Oct 18, 2011. Are you planning to write a research grant application? DCPDA offered a "Mock Grant Panel" workshop to provide early stage scientists with an insider's view of the grant revision process in study section. What are some of the does and don'ts in research proposals and what constitutes an outstanding grant application? Our panelists Prof. Scott Gerber, Prof. George O'Toole and Prof. Bruce Stanton provided answers to these and other questions. Each panelist talked briefly about what they perceive as valuable advice for young scientists who are writing a research grant application, and this was followed by a Q&A session.

"Workshop: Presentation Coaching" on June 23, 2011. Do you tend to feel nervous about giving a presentation for a seminar/conference or would you like to improve your general presentation skills? DCPDA offered a workshop with presentation coach Elizabeth Appleby. Coming from an acting background, Elizabeth Appleby is experienced in coaching people with stage fright and provides advice and exercises that help overcome presentation anxiety. In addition, by focusing on verbal and non-verbal cues rather than the content of a presentation, she can give advice on how to improve the delivery aspects of your presentation.

"Biochemistry Postdoc Seminar Series 2010/2011" Presenting your work in this informal and congenial setting is a low stress way to synthesize your ideas and get friendly feedback from your peers. It is rewarding, and it is also a nice way to network with other Dartmouth Postdocs. These Seminar Series take place every year. Please notify new Postdocs in your lab who might not be on the mailing list and encourage them to attend.

"Jump Start Your Job Search: A Short Course in Social Media" Jan, 2010. A 3-part workshop series on how to effectively use social media in your job search. Even if you are not actively looking for a job right now, this series prepares you for what you need to know and what "no-no's" to avoid online.
January 12, 2010; Online Presence "101." January 14, 2010, Career Positioning Using LinkedIn and Twitter.
January 21, 2010, The Web 2.0 Job Search

"What makes a good Chalk Talk?" Everything you wanted to know about the infamous Chalk Talk during academic interviews! Are you applying for academic jobs this fall? This informative session explained the basics of the Chalk Talk presentation. A panel of both new and established faculty answered questions and shared their perspectives on what makes a good Chalk Talk, things you should and should not do, and how to best prepare for them. Please click here to see presentation given on this topic by George O'Toole, Prof. of Microbiology and Immunology.

"From CV to resume" on June 10, 2009. Changing your CV to a resume (DCAL). 
Denise Robbins from HR lead a workshop showing postdocs how to convert their academic CVs into resumes suitable for many industry, and other "real-world" jobs.
 For more details, please click here.

"Evaluating and Negotiating Job Offers: Demystifying the Process" on Mar 20, 2009. Video presentation on "Evaluating and Negotiating Job Offers: Demystifying the Process"

"Conflict Resolution Workshop"
 on Feb 18 2009. "Conflict Resolution" (link to workshop material 1,material 2)

"Insider Scoop: Industry Networking Panel" on Jan 22, 2009, "Insider Scoop: Industry Networking Panel"

“Research and Beer” @ Murphy’s:

20th January, Dr Glenn Micalizio- Professor of Chemistry working on novel biological probes

18th November Dr David Mullins- Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology working on cancer therapy

14th October, Dr Matt Mackey- Associate Director of Research and Development of ImmuNext working on VISTA

May 20, 2013. Professor of Art History and Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Arts &Humanities, professor Adrian W.B. Randolph talked about research in Italian Renaissance art.

Oct 8, 2012. Michael Rosenweig has been involved in various clinical trials and provided an insight into thetransition from a scientist into clinical trial projects.

May 8, 2012. Dr. Brian Jackson talked about his work regarding arsenic accumulation in food products.

March 22, 2012. Brain awareness week and Neuroscience Day at Dartmouth were held this week. To commemorate Prof. Eugene Nattie from the Physiology department talked about "Can We Prevent the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?"

Jan 12, 2012. David Bzik (Microbiology and Immunology) presented "An inside job: Hacking into mammalian cell biology by the intracellular protozoan Toxoplasma gondii."

Dec 8, 2011. Dr. Jason Moore, a Professor of Genetics at Dartmouth Medical School, introduced us to the"Quantitative Biomedical Sciences at Dartmouth."

Postdoc Night Out:

Come out for some food and drinks and socialize with other postdocs in Hanover. Nights out usually take place on Thursdays.
Sep 26, 2013 @ Candela
July 11, 2013 @ Candela
Feb 21, 2013 @ Canoe Club
Sep 20, 2012 @ Canoe Club
Apr 5, 2012 @ Canoe Club.

Other Events:

 "BBQ and Picnic @ Storr's Pond 2013" July 28 2013. DCPDA provided BBQable stuff (burguers, sausages, veggies), drinks (soft drinks, beer and wine) and entry to the place. This was a family-friendly event with a good turnout.

"Annual DCPDA Research Symposium 2012" Nov 27, 2012 at the gallery of the Life Sciences Building. Dartmouth's President Carol Folt was the keynote speaker. At the symposium Postdocs presented their research to the Dartmouth community in the form of poster presentations. Abstracts for these presentations are available.

"Postdoc Appreciation Day" Sep 19, at the DCAL Teaching Center, 102 Baker Library
Faculty, Graduate students and, of course, Postdocs took part in our joint reception with DCAL for Postdoc Appreciation Day.

"Spring Salsa Fest" May 13 at the D.O.C. House. Catered by Gusanoz Mexican restaurant, with beer, wine and soft drinks provided by DCPDA. Also, there were two pinatas and other games too! There was also a Salsa competition: Salsa 1:
People made their favorite salsa recipe and everyone attending were able to taste it and vote for the best salsa recipe. The first prize was a $30 gift certificate and the second a $20 gift certificate from Gusanoz mexican restaurant. Salsa 2:
There was a free salsa class in which people learnt the basics of salsa Cuban style.

"Distinguished Lecturer Series" Mar 20, 2012 at DHMC. The Dartmouth Clinical Trials Office in collaboration with the Dartmouth College PostDoctoral Association (DCPDA) are hosted an exciting presentation by Dr. Vijay Govindarajan: "Strategy is Innovation". Dr. Vijay Govindarajan is widely regarded as one of the world's leading experts on strategy and innovation. He is the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Recently, Prof. Govindarajan Ranked as Number 3 Management Thinker in the World and won the Breakthrough Idea Award for the $300 House.

"2011 Annual Research Symposium" Dec12 at the Top of the Hop. This was the time when postdocs showed to each other, faculty and the broader Dartmouth community the great work done here at Dartmouth (Poster presentations) and also shows back our appreciation to our mentors (Mentor Award). The winners of the Mentor award were Alan Eastman (Senior) and James Moseley (Junior). The goal of this award was to recognize the excellent leadership and support in research. The winners of the Poster Award were Andrea Corcoran (1st prize), Luca Magnani (2nd prize) and Dhana Nair (3rd prize). For photos of the event, please click here.

"Cinco de Maio Postdoc Social Party" May 15, 2011. DCPDA hosted a Cinco de Maio Postdoc Social Party at the DOC house. Food was catered by Gusanoz Mexican Restaurant.

"DCPDA Travel Award 2009" Please help us congratulate the following postdocs for competing for the first DCPDA travel award. Due to the generous contributions of several Dartmouth departments, we were able to award four outstanding postdocs with $1000 EACH for travel to a conference of their choosing. Shalini Ayyagari, Department of Music, Mentor: Theodore Levin
Aurelie Deveau, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Mentor: Deborah A Hogan
David J Graber, Department of Pathology, Mentor: Brent T Harris
Ronald White, Department of Chemistry, Mentor: Jane Lipson We would also like to congratulate all of the outstanding applicants who submitted applications and presented at the awards ceremony. It was a fantastic, very well attended event! We are looking forward to another poster symposium, with even perhaps more money to compete for next year!

"Spring Postdoc Social Party" May 3, 2009. DCPDA hosted a Spring Postdoc Social Party at the DOC house. Food was catered by Gusanoz Mexican Restaurant.

"Meyers-Briggs Testing" May 11, 2009. Meyers-Briggs Testing (at Vail 202) A personality test will be given to interested postdocs to determine their type. The test will be given out before hand and the two hour session is to score and interpret the test results. Descriptions of the personality types and possible career choices/approaches will also be discussed.

"Cover Home Repair Project" June 13 and 14, 2009. Cover is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to build community and foster hope through cooperation and fellowship among all home repair and reuse participants. The project involved working together with two low income families in Canaan, building entryway steps, repairing a rotted portion of flooring, and applying a protective coating on a roof to make both homes safer and more inhabitable.